This comes to my attention this morning as I steel my knees for what will likely be another gruelling session of physical therapy…
Schools Matter posted about the American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) proposed resolution to support the Common Core State Standards, which go into effect in some schools this fall. AFT is not only supporting the standards in words, however. They are also spending millions on resources for teachers who will need to teach to the CCSS and reorient their curricula towards these new standards.
I haven’t seen what AFT has or will come up with, but I have to say — this concerns me for a few reasons. First of all, a major teacher’s union/representation group is throwing their weight behind an administrative movement that also strips teachers of their bargaining rights and threatens to publish students’ test scores publicly (see recent events in NYC). I also know nothing about who AFT is getting to help them design these resources and can only hope they are looking to professionals in the field — teachers themselves and education scholars — instead of textbook companies, who have promised to “align” their texts to the CCSS since the standards were conceived and stand to make a lot of money in the process.
It is my hope that teachers turn to their own professional organizations — NCTE, MCTE… there’s another one for science, one for history teachers, and others around the country — for resources related to teaching in their disciplines and in response to the CCSS. These organizations’ primary goal is ALWAYS to support teachers as professionals, which it unfortunately seems is not the primary goal of AFT.